Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea, Principal and co-founder of our architecture firm, took part in the professional conference “Major Architecture Projects”, organized by Grupo Vía and held in November the 20th in Madrid.
The workshop met a selection of design firms to show some of their main projects in which they will be working during next years both in Spain and abroad. Participants also had the opportunity to discuss about the existing business opportunities, demands of the client of the future and needs that society poses to the architects.
AGi architects shared with the audience its government buiding project for the General Department of Information System (GDIS), the 2013 winning proposal of the competition for designing and building this government complex, in collaboration with Bonyan Design.
Government architecture: representative, secure and functional
The GDIS government building project is based on three principles: representativeness, security and functionality, turning the complex with a total gross area of 135,482 sqm into a strong civil icon representing Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior Affairs.
Building design aims for the clear transmission of a conceptual duality it derives from: technology, innovation and transparency on the one hand versus strength, stability and security, which are inherent to the Ministry of Interior Affairs that will occupying the building, on the other.
This concept is driven in the building by two contrasting layers that are superimposed onto one another. From afar the building is perceived as a light volume elevated from the ground floor, becoming a landmark in the urban landscape for the citizens, while a closer approach will show the massiveness of the stone plinth, a lower part of the building that is opened to the public main gates and lifts from ground to hold the upper levels lighter glass structures that house the offices of the various departments.
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Grupo Vía: http://www.grupovia.net/